£4.4 million announced for energy efficiency projects across Scotland

Friday August 11th, 2017

Councils will share £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects.Government Opportunities

15 local authorities will use the funding to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty.

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse was at Saughton Park in Edinburgh to help install two large-scale ground source heat pumps to provide renewable heat to both the Winter Garden and new building developments.

This project is the first of its kind in Scotland, maximising the potential offered by parks and green spaces to provide renewable heat. The project will create jobs during the construction phase, generate savings for the Council, and will also have a significant focus on community engagement.

Mr Wheelhouse said:

“The SEEP Pilot programme is testing new approaches to improving energy efficiency and new ways of working in the public sector.

A number of these projects will have a material impact on people’s lives, ensuring they have warm homes, businesses and community centres, while others will help develop essential strategies to support the effective deployment of investment to meet our ambitions to expand renewable heat and address fuel poverty.

The Scottish Government funding announced today is helping to unlock a larger package totalling over £12 million covering a wide range of projects across Scotland, and these pilots will ultimately help inform deployment of the overarching SEEP programme that will see an estimated total of up to £10 billion invested in heat and energy efficiency in the period to 2030.”

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